VAC 5 miles League, Battersea Park 11th Jun 19
After Monday’s deluge which caused the cancellation of the masters league event at Gillingham, Tuesday evening’s VAC 5 mile league & championship race was held in cool conditions with a slight breeze but there were still large puddles on the course which did not however hinder the competitors. This second fixture of the season had a lower than expected attendance due to proximity of other events. From the start, guest, Belgrave’s Stephano Zennaro went into a commanding lead to finish over 6 minutes clear. The competition for second place was between Surrey Walking Club’s Dan Maskell and Mark Culshaw. They dead heated in 52m 14s which was a personal best for Mascall over the last four years to take the VAC Men’s Championship for the first time as well as M70 gold. They were trailed by Maureen Noel (also Belgrave) who was unable to close the gap finishing near her usual, respectable time. Bringing up the rear in another close battle were Dave Hoben and Paul King. Hoben managed to get away from King on the first of the three laps but King fought back to get on level terms on lap two with Hoben making a final effort on lap three to finish 19 seconds ahead.

1. S.Zennaro (Belg M45) 46 min 12 sec; 2. D.Maskell (Sy WC M70) 52 min 14 sec; 3. M.Culshaw (Ilf M50) 52 min 14 sec; 4. M.Noel (Belg W55) 53 min 17 sec; 5. D.Hoben (Sy WC M65) 59 min 29 sec; 6. P.King (Belg/Sy WC M65) 59 min 48 sec.

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